Looking at the youngsters coming through the Bunker. I would say, the current crop of 16yr olds and up are predominantly lads.
But the real stars in our under 16 groups are all girls and there are more girls than boys.
We're also seeing a rise n the number of 20 something women, as regulars. A year ago, when we opened, we had hardly any female custom; we're probably 60/40 (to male) now.
All of staff/instructors/sponsored climbers/squad members (and on and on), talk more about the female bouldering World Cup, than anything else.
I'm not sure any of them could tell you who the top UK male climbers are.
My guess, is that until recently, fewer women were interested in engaging in the level of training and dedication required and those who were, were more inclined to Dance/Gymnastics; climbing was a dirty, fingernail ripping, "adventure" activity.
Parents generally encourage their offspring into sports and activities that they themselves grew up with(?), and it's only over the last Decade that those of us of the '80/'90s climbing explosion are bringing our offspring into the arena.
Which brings their friends in...
And their friends...
(Cue sexist comment (purely for humorous purposes and in no way a reflection of personal opinions))
Let's face it. Women can't even go to the loo on their own...